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  • If nothing else, AVOID the quick lube places at all costs! They use cheap oil and filters that do not meet Volkswagen specifications. These quick lube places do not realize that you have to change the washer on a VW's oil drain plug every other oi…
  • Use the hatch marks to measure the oil level. The top of the hatch mark is the full mark.
  • Not being smart..just asking are you sure 4? Yep. I have the factory manuals for Golf/Jetta covering both the Mk3 (1993-1999) and Mk4 (1999-early 2005), and the specifications for the 2.0 engines (Mk3 & Mk4) say 4.2 qts. As a matter of fact, …
  • The 2.0L engine requires 4.2 quarts (just over 4 bottles)... Also, make sure you use the factory (VW or MANN) oil filter instead of the aftermarket oil filters. The factory (MANN) oil filter (which has a bypass valve and a n anti-drainback valve ma…
  • The brake light switch is part of an integrated system which includes the ABS and the cruise control. Replace the brake light switch. The same thing happened to my wife's 2003 Passat. After the switch was replaced, that resolved the issue.
  • I would find a private VW mechanic. Avoid the dealership at all costs after the warranty period expires. BTW - It may be one of two items: 1) The battery. Check the eye on the battery and make sure its green. If the eye isn't green, you need a …
  • ...and where do you think the Corolla got the roof mounted antenna idea from? It was pioneered by VW with the 1986 Scirocco 16V...
  • The 5000 mile service on my Wolfsburg Jetta turned out to be a painless experience. It was done in a timely fashion (about 15-20 minutes) and set me back about $30. In the meantime, my fiance test drove a 2003 Passat GLS 1.8, loved it, and wound u…
  • I am taking my 2003 Jetta Wolfsburg edition to its first 5000 mile service from the dealer that I purchased the car from. They did a good job on my 1987 Golf GT when they replaced the heater core (under warranty), so I expect the same good service …
  • On 2001.5 Passats, the timing belt should last between 90K - 105K. When your mileage gets in that range, it's a good time to replace the timing belt (also a good time to replace all the belts as well). With the exception of diesel-powered cars (be…
  • MANN is the manufacturer of the VW OEM filters.
  • > Thanks for the advie 600kgolfgt. No problem. More than happy to help. One more important tip - use OEM (MANN or a VW-approved MANN equivalent) oil filters ONLY. Do not use one of those cheap aftermarket filters (like FRAM, etc.). The diff…
  • > what kind of oil is good for the 1.8T -- synthetic, blend, or the mineral. If you want VW to honor your engine warranty - you must use a motor oil that conforms to the VW 502.00 specification (in other words - synthetic oil only). Here's the…
  • The firing order is 1-3-4-2
  • Take the car to a local mechanic who specializes in German cars or European cars and have them look at it. Once a car is out of warranty, there is no sane reason to take it to the dealer (unless you have a lot of disposable $$$$) when a private mec…
  • Removing a lot of special 8-point hex bolts, replacing that manifold gasket, etc. You will be better off choosing option #1. The cost of getting a flex or swivel socket attachment will be a lot less than the special tools needed to remove the mani…
  • You can access the other two spark plugs by either 1)using a swivel socket attachment or 2) removing the upper section of the intake manifold
  • A good friend of mine has a 1997 850 GLT that just went over the 200,000 mile mark. Still has the original engine, automatic transmission and turbo (he uses Mobil 1 synthetic and periodically treats the engine with Slick 50). I've ridden in it rec…
  • There is a recall for the brake light switch - which is part of the ABS, ASR, and brake fluid indication systems.
  • He followed the maintenance plan to a T and still had the sludge, outside warranty, low miles. Chances are: 1) The dealer performed the oil changes using their oil (either the bulk 5w30 oil or a hydrocracked " (petroleum base stock) synthetic" oi…
  • Which is precisely why: 1) The only VWs I've owned have 4-cylinder engines. Besides from the extra weight of the engine, gas has gotten a bit too expensive to drive a 6-cylinder. The engines in my cars lasted as follows: 1975 Mk1 Scirocco - 250,…
  • Consumer Reports agrees with you, too - they list the Rabbit as one of their recommended vehicles...
  • But until I hear otherwise from some official document, I won't believe that I'm damaging the engine if I use 87 octane gas. Ok. It's your money and your car. Ben Franklin has a saying about money, too. All I have to say is I wish you well... :s…
  • Hop on over to the GTI section of Consumer Guide and it says: "Test GTIs averaged 16.8-19.1 mpg with manual transmission, 23.6 with SMT, both in slightly more highway travel vs. city driving. VW recommends premium-grade fuel." Check out this Auto…
  • Just saw this little blurb on Consumer Guide's evaluation of the Passat: "VW requires premium-grade fuel for the 2.0T and recommends it for the V6." F.Y.I.
  • Your GTI will run fine on 87 octane gas I beg to differ (based on my 25+ year mechanical background), and the experience of many master VW mechanics, engineers and technicians that I have worked with over the years. The manufacturer specifies (req…
  • You need either a new o-ring gasket for the oil cooler or replace the oil cooler assembly (that's what your oil filter is attached to). There are two coolant hoses attached to it, so it may require draining the cooling system.
  • When using fuel other than premium, the engine's electronics will automatically adjust and "de-tune" the engine in order to prevent the occurence of "knocking". The consequence of this is a reduction in gas mileage. For that reason, with the excep…
  • Final note: DO NOT just pick any cheap motor oil, because you might void the factory warranty. Furthermore, using the wrong oil could lower your vehicle's resale or trade-in value. As a 25+ year VW owner, I concur. I would also advise to make sure…
  • For moderate performance gains, a ECU (chip) upgrade, free-flowing performance exhaust, a high-flow catalytic converter and a performance camshaft will give you anywhere from an additional 15-40 hp. For higher performance gains (more than 40 hp),…
  • lol dont have to take it personal None taken. The point I made can be applied to any vehicle, not just VWs or Hondas.
  • will last you much longer than say a vw or mazda or really any american built car lol Must be a newbie. As someone who currently owns 3 VWs (5 total over 25 years) and as a former mechanic/current engineer, the reliability of cars has improved…
  • What your VW tech is trying to say: It's your brake light switch. I had it replaced on my wife's 03 Passat, and that fixed the problem. The brake light switch is tied into your car's ABS system, as well as the cruise control. If you see a yell…
  • Sorry - I just realized that you have the V6 engine, which according to conversations with my VW dealer, have a slightly different braking/ABS setup to accommodate the extra weight. I would have the ABS computer checked out - especially considerin…
  • You need a new brake light switch (usually around $40). It is tied into the braking, cruise control, and anti-slip regulation (ASR) systems. I believe there is either a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) or an outright recall on the switch. If eith…
  • I have two 1.8Ts (Passat and Jetta). I have a rule of thumb. If one coil goes out, replace the entire set (around $35 for each coil x 4 coils) - because chances are more than one coil has failed. Let's put it this way - spark plugs aren't changed…
  • Nice response, shipo - couldn't have said it better myself..:) Being a current owner of two 1.8Ts (2003 Wolfsburg Jetta @ 107,000 miles and 2003 Passat GLS 1.8T @76,000 miles), I definitely concur... These engines will last a long time with proper…
  • When using fuel other than premium, the engine's computer and two knock sensors work in unison to "de-tune" the engine at the first sign of a potential knocking situation (the air fuel mixture detonates before the piston reaches full compression pos…
  • It is precisely the Secondary Air Pump that is making the loud "noise". Its function is to make sure any unburned residual fuel (remaining after the engine is turned off) is properly atomized and burned upon startup. My wife's 2003 Passat has tha…
  • If you drove the car with the mixed coolant - even for a short period of time, chances are the damage has been done. The mix of green and G12 coolants formed a gel-like substance in the cooling system passages of the engine, radiator, heater core, …